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Woodpeckers framing squares

Woodpeckers framing squares

12-15-2012 07:05 PM by mbs | 6 comments »

I needed to check both flatness and squareness across long surfaces and long miter fences. The most accurate tool I had was a Starrett 12” combination square. After a lot of time screwing around I came to the conclusion that the Starrett square wasn’t square and the blade wasn’t long enough to check for flatness. I borrowed my friends Woodpeckers framing square and I was done with the machine setup in no time. And it was perfectly accurate. You can see from the pic...

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When a square is not square...

When a square is not square...

09-11-2012 05:39 AM by nwbusa | 11 comments »

I’ll make this review short and sweet. When it comes to try squares, they really only have to do one thing well—be square. I bought this inexpensive Crown 4” try square, not expecting any more or any less from it. Unfortunately, it failed in its primary purpose—it was only mostly square, and that just ain’t good enough. The specific problem was that the blade was indeed square to the base; however, the top of the blade was not parallel to the bottom. The las...

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Simple & Well Made

Simple & Well Made

05-07-2012 06:04 PM by ShipWreck | 4 comments »

I stopped by WoodCraft this morning to see what they had in stock for marking gauges. They had the Veritas dual marking gauge and the Cosman. Both were very well made and sold for the same price. I would have been happy with either one. I decided on the Cosman because the head/face has a nice flat area to prevent the tool from rolling off the bench. I got it home and marked about 10-12 lines along some red oak. I started at the 1/2” range all the way out to 5” in 1/2” incre...

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Kreg Multi-Mark

Kreg Multi-Mark

04-12-2012 06:13 PM by Daris | 2 comments »

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking and you’re partly right. Why am I reviewing a glorified ruler? Well there is a little bit more to it than that. I have a couple of combo squares that I regularly use, and one of them broke a few weeks ago. Recently, I’ve turned into a Kreg nerd and so I thought I would check out the Kreg multi-mark tool and see how it does. Needless to say Kreg does it again. This little tool is great! Really…! Let’s face it 80% of all the measures we do as casual wo...

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'Incra Rule' Marking Ruler..an indispensible tool!

'Incra Rule' Marking Ruler..an indispensible tool!

03-05-2012 05:49 PM by poopiekat | 7 comments »

I purchased this recently online, and was thrilled to get a first hand look at it when it arrived. It has micro-fine slits precisely every 1/32 inch, so that you can lay out lines with absolute precision. The holes are pierced for a 0.5 lead mechanical pencil, or a very sharp conventional pencil. I don’t like making random dovetails. Yeah, I know, some eminent craftsmen simply touch down the handsaw and cut….but that just goes against the grain (heh) of my own approach, tha...

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Maybe round isn't such a good idea...

Maybe round isn't such a good idea...

12-27-2011 05:46 AM by DylanC | 11 comments »

I just got this (for myself) for Christmas. Took it out of the package, took it to the shop, set it on the bench, turned away for something or other, and it rolled off the bench straight to the floor. Dinged up the marking wheel pretty good. It still makes a mark, but not as crisp as it should be. It’s my own fault for dropping it, but I’m thinking that the best designed tools shouldn’t roll, and that the brass body on this thing should have six or eight sides. It would...

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Black iron oxide for chalk line

Black iron oxide for chalk line

08-25-2011 01:42 PM by mafe | 19 comments »

Black iron oxidefor the chalk line A friend told me about the use of black iron oxide for the chalk line, this has been used as pigment all the way back to my ancestors the Vikings. It is a water resistant and inexpensive product of nature. So I bought a Stanley chalk line roll and filled it up with this black iron oxide, and tested it on a piece of work that are Japanese inspired, this because they usually use the ink line, but I find that a bit messy. SO what happened?The line s...

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Needs more refinement

Needs more refinement

08-06-2011 02:13 PM by funchuck | 7 comments »

I already have the Veritas wheel marking gauge w/ micro adjust, but I wanted another marking gauge because oftentimes, I wanted to save my settings, but with only 1 marking gauge, I couldn’t. I found this at Lee Valley for $20 and it was 2 marking gauges in 1, so I figured it was a good deal. One unexpectedly nice thing about this gauge is that it will not roll off your bench. I have had my large (and more expensive!) wheel marking roll off my bench before, and the cutter got damag...

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Smooth action, nice LJ sized grip, substantial body, large advancing eraser.

Smooth action, nice LJ sized grip, substantial body, large advancing eraser.

05-31-2011 11:02 PM by Jim Bertelson | 33 comments »

Pencils are one of those humble things in the shop, used constantly, abused, cursed, misplaced, and achieve no recognition. Bet they feel unloved. Well I have been using Pentel automatic pencils for probably 20 years or more. And it came time to replace my aged, goto, automatic pencils. They had been dropped once to many times on the concrete floor. There was one or two generations of the Pentels between my old beaters, and the new fangled ones I just bought. But nothing was very exciting ...

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A $9.99 guage thats not bad

A $9.99 guage thats not bad

05-18-2011 03:39 AM by Dave | 9 comments »

I purchased one of these gauges two years ago. And have found it worth the ten dollars I spent. It has a good brass knob and it will hold tight. The pins are of a good spring steel. After 2 years of use they are just as sharp as day one. I have just purchased a second one for general purposes. I do have a store near me so I am able to pick the one I purchase. I had to true up one of the pins on the original but it was not a big problem. The HF site has 2 reviews as follows:This is the first H...

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